This weeks Illustrated Women in History was submitted by @karenharte for the next Illustrated Women in History zine, which will be available at the beginning of April. It will also be exhibited for the whole of April at Swindon Central Library, UK.
One of Ireland’s modern heroines is Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland.
Robinson advocated for the right to the legal availability of contraception, a removal of the requirement that married women resign from the civil service, and the right for women to sit on juries. She proved to be Ireland’s most popular President, breathing new life into the role and passing two important bills into law; legalisation of contraception and decriminalising homosexuality.
She has been has been credited with transforming the role with a presidency of inclusiveness, equality and peace building. Her work played a pivotal role in shaping modern Ireland.
Karen Harte is an illustrator and graphic designer from Dublin, Ireland.